Image by @beverlyjoubert. a young lion drinks deeply after a successful hunt on an exceptionally hot day in the selinda reserve in botswana. he is one of 6 cubs - all of whom have been successfully raised to this age; a most unusual occurrence. there was a day in their young lives when we weren't sure that they would all make it. they were being guided by their two mothers across a deep channel as small cubs, when two panicked and turned back. the lionesses swam between their cubs for the rest of the day, trying to coax the scared two into swimming back to the others. scared of crocodiles and hippos, they refused and eventually spent a long and undoubtedly nervous night on their own. at first light the following morning, the lionesses appeared again and this time the cubs had little hesitation in hanging on and swimming the channel to join their siblings. now this young male is at an age when he is about to head off on his own and try his luck as an adult. with the strong lessons he would have learned from those determined lionesses, his chances may possibly be better than others of the same age. #bigcats#selindapride#lions#thisismytrophy
Video @ladzinski / ▶️🔊rolling clouds from day into night in the #valleyofthegods, an off the beaten path blm area in southern utah. it's beauty matches it's name and it's no wonder that it's been the backdrop to numerous western films and movies.
Photo by @brianskerry
the february 2017issue of national geographic magazine with a cover story about saving our oceans. the story’s premise is to use the centennial anniversary of the us national parks (2016) as an opportunity to look towards protecting special places in america’s oceans.
scientists have stated that in order to have a healthy ocean and a healthy planet, at least 40% of earth’s oceans should be protected from damaging practices such as over fishing and mining. currently only about 3% of the ocean is protected. every other breath that humans take comes from the sea, more than 50% of the oxygen needed for life is generated by the ocean. the creation of marine reserves has also been proven to help protect against the damaging effects of climate change. conserving precious marine habitats then, is necessary for our own healthy future.
with only about 3% of oceans currently protected, we have a long way to go.
to learn more about how to protect ocean wildlife and establish blue parks tune-in to #seaofhope on sun. jan 15 at 8/7c on @natgeochannel and check out my story #seaofchange in the february issue of national geographic magazine (@natgeo) – available online starting jan 9.
Photograph by @paulnicklen // almost 90 percent of an iceberg (or “ice mountain”) is underwater. the foot or underwater portion of this iceberg could be at well over 200 feet deep. icebergs are stunning to look at but they are a reminder that glaciers are receding and ice shelves in antarctica are breaking up faster than we ever thought possible. if all of antarctica and greenland melted, global sea level could rise by as much as 230 feet, covering all of the major coastal cities in the world. whether you believe climate change is caused by humans or not, do you think it is worth erring on the side of caution and reducing our carbon footprint? #followme on @paulnicklen to see what these icebergs look like underwater. #antarctica#sealevelrising#iceberg#ice#climatechangeisreal#nature#naturelovers#photooftheday@thephotosociety@natgeopristineseas
Photo by @ronan_donovan // there are several things to be concerned about in this image of a wild chimpanzee clutching a plastic soda bottle in western uganda. first, wild animals shouldn't have access to human garbage, especially those animals that are our closest relatives and can contract the same diseases (influenza for example). secondly, this young male chimp isn't even standing in a natural forest, it's an exotic plantation of eucalyptus. this community of 22 chimps have lost 85% of the natural forest they depend on to small scale logging. it's literally death by 1,000 cuts or 1,000 felled fruiting trees these chimps need to persist.
what is the future of hundreds of chimpanzees, like this one, living in tiny forest patches on private land here in western uganda? i'm here with the @bulindichimps to explore the idea of coexistence with our closest living relatives - chimpanzees. jump over to @ronan_donovan to see more from this project.
Phone photo: @ivankphoto // the v****n mary and flowers // san ignacio, baja california, mexico // the jesuit mission of san ignacio was founded in 1728 in kadakaamán, where the cochimí indigenous population lived. the cochimí were eventually wiped out by disease brought by the spanish. this photo is part of an ongoing project with @kchete77. #runaflirts, #bajandoparabaja, #elcaminorealdebaja, #antiguacalifornia, @thephotosociety, @panospictures, @runa_photos
Photo @ladzinski / the cliffs outside of #oliana spain are home to the highest concentration of hard sport climbing routes in the world. professional climber @sashadigiulian taking full advantage, pinching her way up one of the more classic tufa formations on the wall.
Photo and couchsurfing story by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto |
alysha, 29, and kartikh, 31 – mumbai, india - twice married, never separated, alysha and kartikh, the couple who hosted me in mumbai, are the quintessence of modernity in a country of traditional values and considerable religious divides. to overcome the differences between their respective families, they got married twice in one week. the first ceremony, the hindu one, was held in bangalore, where kartikh’s family lives. "i kept quiet the whole time," alysha says. "the priest was speaking in a language i didn't even understand. i had to put on three different saris and i don't even know how many times i had to light the incense. still, it was beautiful, and a lot of fun.” alysha has portuguese ancestry and her family is catholic and so, five days after their first wedding, they were remarried by a portuguese catholic priest, exchanging rings and vows of eternal love.it is not the double wedding that ensures the success of their marriage, but the quiet, fulfilling and happy life they have together. these traits are reflected in the home where they welcome couchsurfers. they live in a neighborhood in northern mumbai, where the artists and the stars live, an area which has become a refuge for numerous bollywood actors. their home is modern, though the occasional piece of ethnic furniture serves as a reminder of their roots. husband and wife are both educated, speak a number of languages and have good jobs. alysha works for the disney channel, while katikh, whose specialization is marketing, is employed by an indian multinational. they took me to eat great indian food and even to alysha's grandmother's house, where i met the rest of her family. #couchsurfing#india#mumbai#wedding#hindu#catholic#marriage
Photograph by stefano unterthiner @stefanounterthiner.
a group of inquisitive whooper swan on a frozen stretch of hokkaido's notsuke bay, japan, where they wintering. whoopers start migrating in march and return south in the latter half of september. breeding territory spans half the globe, from iceland to the aleutians.
photograph from my @natgeo magazine story ‘swan serenade’. follow me @stefanounterthiner to see more images from my personal projects and my work with @natgeo.#white#japan#frozen#start#migration#bird#serenade
Photo by @renan_ozturk // actor, musician, entrepreneur and environmentalist @jaredleto appreciating the beauty of @yosemitenationalpark atop the classic 'royal arches' rock climb with half dome in the background. @taylorfreesolo and i got the opportunity to document jared last summer as he explored national parks and spoke candidly and listened curiously to wolf biologists, old and young climbers, traveling families, foreign tourists, tribal government scientists and conservationists, and the wild beauty of nature itself. he put out a series on these adventures for free online. #greatwideopen
Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio … a portrait of the pope's official exorcist, father gabriele amorth (1925-2016), who claimed to have performed tens of thousands of exorcisms during his career … "i speak with the devil every day," he said, grinning like a benevolent gargoyle. "i talk to him in latin. he answers in italian. i have been wrestling with him, day in day out, for years."
his favourite movie? none other than william peter blatty’s notorious horror, the exorcist … “of course, the special effects are exaggerated, but it’s a good film, and substantially exact, based on a respectable novel which mirrored a true story”
posted in memory of oscar-winning american writer and filmmaker william peter blatty, who died yesterday.
father amorth was photographed by simon norfolk in 2001. follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.
Before nobel prize-winning physicist albert einstein developed the general theory of relativity, seeking to unlock the mysteries of the atom and the universe, he was an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate. in april, we’ll follow the ups and downs of einstein’s life in our upcoming series genius on @natgeochannel.
this is the first look at #genius, from executive producers @briangrazer and @realronhoward, with academy award-winning actor geoffrey rush and newcomer johnny flynn as nobel prize winning physicist albert #einstein.